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China Central Television

CCTV (China Central Television) is the national TV station and has nearly 20 channels. When turning on your hotel TV, you will most likely see CCTV9 (not necessarily found on channel 9), the English-language which is useful for news and weather. 7pm-7.30pm is the national prime time for news, followed by weather forecast. Foreign TV channels are limited, or nonexistent, depending on your hotel service. English-language magazines and newspapers (see below) are available at bookstores, big hotels, restaurants and bars where expats hang out.

The China Internet Information Center ( offers broad access to up-to-date news about China, with searchable texts of government position papers and a wealth of basic information about China's tourism, history, politics, economics and culture.

China Daily

中国日报 A daily newspaper covering Chinese current affairs. A free copy is available in big hotels.

City Weekend

城市周报 Fortnightly listings magazines favored by expats. Free copies are available in most bars and restaurants.

That’s Beijing

城市漫步 Very popular monthly listings magazine-you won’t need to look far to a free copy.

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